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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

Lessons from Lance

I’ve been following the news reports over the last few weeks covering the story of disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong.I’m struck by several things: (1) that Lance continues to admit no wrongdoing, despite mounting evidence of his participation in doping; and (2) the distinctions that are being drawn between sports personalities like Tiger Woods and Kobe

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Ontario jury awards former Walmart employee $1.46 million for constructive dismissal

Setting a new “high-water mark” for damages in constructive dismissal cases in Ontario, a jury in Windsor, Ontario has awarded a former Walmart employee $1.46 million in damages, after finding that she was constructively dismissed. In delivering its verdict on October 10, 2012, the jury concluded that the employee had suffered abusive treatment, including mental

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Employee information and social media part two: What about mitigation efforts?

In the last month, two personal injury cases have crossed my desk that have left me wondering how aggressively employers and their lawyers will or should incorporate social media searches to examine a terminated employee’s mitigation efforts.Perhaps this is already happening. In both cases, the social media profiles of plaintiffs who claimed they were injured

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Workplace violence and harassment compliance: A tragic reminder

On September 15, 2012, a Toronto gas station attendant was killed after reportedly being dragged and run down by the vehicle of a customer who was attempting to leave the station without paying for fuel. This incident is a tragic example of the type of workplace violence that motivated the Bill 168 amendments to the

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Employee information and social media: What should employers do?

A case that made the papers late last week, is a good example of why employers should not believe everything they see or hear about an employee from social media or that is communicated to them electronically. In taking a closer look at this recent example, we offer suggestions on how employers could handle issues

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AODA: What you need to know about accessibility standards

Recent calls from clients seeking AODA “certification” suggest that there may be some confusion out there as to what organizations are required to do in order to comply with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. I expect people are calling now because the December 31, 2012 deadline to file an accessibility report with the government

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Workplace harassment: Out of the woods and back at work

Tiger Woods is returning to work this week to play in the Masters. His return to golf is predicted to bring an enormous boost to television ratings with everyone curious as to just what the reception will be like and how he will fare under the pressure. There are certainly parallels to a traditional workplace,

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